Let's Go for a Drive! An Elephant & Piggie Book

Common Sense Media says

Silly tale gives new readers a fun lesson in being flexible.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids will think about what they need to have with them on trips as Elephant and Piggie prepare for their drive. And when things don't go as planned, Elephant and Piggie creatively repurpose all their supplies for another activity. Also, drawings of Elephant and Piggie offer exaggerated expressions, a good tool to help kids with social delays decipher what the characters are feeling.

Positive messages

Friendship is at the heart of the Elephant and Piggie series. This installment also stresses how to be flexible when things don't go as planned.

Positive role models

Elephant and Piggie are great friends who work together; when their plans don't work out, they turn their disappointment into an opportunity for creative play.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Let's Go for a Drive! is another silly installment in Mo WillemsElephant & Piggie series and the winner of a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, an award given to books for beginning readers. New readers and pre-readers alike will enjoy watching Elephant and Piggie get so excited gathering everything they might need on a car trip. Parents will like the lesson of how the friends are flexible when things don't go as planned. Since the story is told in conversation bubbles, kids will build some basic conversation skills. Parents of children with social delays will also appreciate the exaggerated expressions of Willems' animal characters as an easy way to explore feelings.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

Elephant has a great idea. He and Piggie should go for a drive! Piggie's game, but they're not ready to go yet. They need all kinds of things for a successful car trip: a map, sunglasses, umbrellas in case it rains, and bags. But they forget one very important thing. When plans change and Elephant gets upset, Piggie makes a suggestion that sets things right again.

Is it any good?


Just as you'd expect from friends Elephant and Piggie, the idea of a car trip is off-the-hook exciting. Elephant shouts, "GET THAT MAP!" and Piggie rushes off. Then the celebration: "Map! Map! Mappy-map-map!" And it goes on from there.

The preparations are such a party that it's no wonder Elephant's upset when plans go awry. LET'S GO FOR A DRIVE! gives kids a valuable lesson in flexible thinking, with a truly clever happy ending to go with it.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about expectations. On the cover of Let's Go for a Drive!, do you see the thought bubble above Elephant and Piggie's heads? Could this be a clue that things may not go as planned?

  • How do Elephant and Piggie deal with it when their plans go wrong? Have you ever had your heart set on doing something and it didn't work out? How did you feel, and what did you do? 

  • How do Elephant and Piggie reuse car trip items for their new activity? Can you spot the sunglasses? The map? The umbrellas?

Book details

Author:Mo Willems
Illustrator:Mo Willems
Genre:For Beginning Readers
Topics:Cars and trucks, Friendship
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date:October 2, 2012
Number of pages:64
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8
Available on:Hardback

This review of Let's Go for a Drive! An Elephant & Piggie Book was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

Write a user reviewThere aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Digital Compass